no, I do not want to change the sort order. I do want to display it in an extra box on the index page. This is why I was referring to the sidebar options in ACP and mentioned the topviewedpal.tmpl.
Within the topviewedpal.tmpl, there is the code for showing the top 5 viewed products:
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How can I change this code to display the top 5 rated